LUCIO Tan-led Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP) plans to expand its services in the Philippines particularly in Clark, Pampanga and Cebu City.
In a press briefing late Friday, LTP President Elmar Lutter said the company has started evaluating a possible expansion.
“Our growth is limited in NAIA [Ninoy Aquino International Airport], a very confined space now … so we have to look at expansion possibilities and we will look at other locations like Clark or Cebu to build a facility,” Lutter said.
“It’s not final yet but the market development is very positive,” he added.
The company is evaluating whether to include maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services or others in its planned Cebu and Clark expansion.
“Yes, we are looking at MRO but it’s too early to say in which. I cannot give you an estimate right now because it depends on the market evaluation,” he said.
“We have just started the evaluation seriously and once we decide and bring it forward…we would need one-and-a-half years to open operations. We are starting now to seriously evaluate that,” he added.
He added that Lufthansa is planning to locate its headquarters here in the Philippines for its Asian market.
“We also commit [that]the Philippines will be our headquarters for the Asian market [and]we also contemplate to grow our footprint. We also look at other possibilities in Southeast Asia but the Philippines will be our headquarters, and once we have another satellite here, we will also start with other services,” he said.
The company just recently established its own worldwide contact center in the Philippines, which will cater to customers worldwide.
“Business process outsourcing, we have a company… and they have services in Alabang. Couple of hundred of employees have just started. That’s one of, I think, four of our worldwide service centers while we actually share business transactions for the whole Lufthansa group,” Lutter said.
LTP is a joint venture project of Lufthansa Technik AG and Philippine aviation service provider MacroAsia Corp. It offers a wide range of aircraft MRO services to its customers worldwide.